Mexican Open: Jon Rahm holds on for one-shot win and seventh PGA Tour success with closing 69 | Golf News

Brandon Wu and Tony Finau apply late pressure on Jon Rahm at the Mexican Open, but the Spanish world No. 2 took the lead with a birdie in the 14th before closing with four successive pars to stay ahead; Kurt Kitayama also ties second after triple bogey cost Cameron Champ

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Jon Rahm's last PGA Tour win came at the 2021 US Open

Jon Rahm’s last PGA Tour win came at the 2021 US Open

Jon Rahm scored under 69 in the final round to secure a one-stroke victory at the Mexican Open in Vidanta Vallarta.

The 27-year-old Spaniard held off late charges from American duo Tony Finau and Brandon Wu to finish with 17 under 267 and win his seventh PGA Tour title.

Finau and Wu finished with eight Under-63s but had to settle for second place alongside compatriot Kurt Kitayama after Rahm held on under pressure in the closing stages.

World No. 2 Rahm started the day with a two-shot cushion over Kitayama and Cameron Champ, but five successive pars to open his inning saw his advantage halved by early birdies from the American pair.

Rahm mixed three birdies with a bogey in the final round

Rahm mixed three birdies with a bogey in the final round

The Spaniard, who golfed steadily and safely up front, produced some superb iron shots to score back-to-back birdies in the sixth and seventh, although these were matched by Kitayama and Champ.

The wheels fell for Champ in the eighth, however, as he pushed his tee shot to the water’s edge, from where he hacked and then hooked his third to the left of the green en route to a triple bogey seven .

Cameron Champ missed his chance with a triple bogey seven in the eighth

Cameron Champ missed his chance with a triple bogey seven in the eighth

Kitayama faltered when he found water on the 10th tee for the third straight day, resulting in a bogey, which Rahm matched after missing from inside six feet for only the second time this week.

Meanwhile, Wu, who had made the sixth, was moving up the leaderboard quickly and he joined Rahm in the lead at 16 under when he made a 25-foot putt on the 16th for his sixth birdie of the day.

Kitayama then tied it at three for the lead with a birdie at par-5 12 – where Rahm could only make a par – despite a wayward third shot.

Kurt Kitayama was looking for his first success on the PGA Tour

Kurt Kitayama was looking for his first success on the PGA Tour

Finau also got into the mix when he followed an eagle on the 14th, netting a 56ft putt from the front of the green, with a birdie on the next to get to 15 under, but then missed chances birdie at the next two holes.

Wu failed to add another birdie over the final two holes, but his eight-under 63 – the competitive course record – set the club’s target of 16 under for those behind.

His score and total was quickly matched by Finau as he birdied the last – playing the final six holes in six under – to secure his first top 10 of the season.

Brandon Wu's late charge saw him come in narrowly

Brandon Wu’s late charge saw him come in narrowly

The wind was now blowing hard to further disrupt the late starters, but Rahm had the answer on the 14th as he drained a welcome birdie putt to regain the lead outright on 17 under, as Kitayama bogged the holeshot after firing his second swipe left to slide two behind.

Rahm then parried the 15th, 16th and 17th – missing a decent birdie chance on the latter after a great tee shot – before securing victory with another regular par at the last after penetrating the rough left.

“It was quite a stressful weekend until the end,” said Rahm, whose previous win came at the 2021 US Open. “I didn’t think I had a par-five [18th] where a fade off the tee was needed I would stress just as much, but I did it in the end.

“I let out my frustrations a few times but stayed positive and hopeful and I think that reflected in my swings. It wasn’t my best weekend but I stayed aggressive and I think the shot of 17 showed that.

“I was confident in what I was doing, I was confident in every part of my game. A few of those great par putts early on helped a lot and the only putt from the outside five foot that eventually went in at 14 was a huge amplifier.”

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Kitayama birdied the last for a 68 and a share of second place, while American Davis Riley (68) finished fifth on 15 under with a quartet of local players – Aaron Wise (64), David Lipsky (64), Alex Smalley (68) and Champ (70) tied for sixth on 14 under.

England’s Aaron Rai closed with one of 72 to finish tied for 24th with nine under, with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell back two of seven under in 33rd after a round of 68.

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